The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition
The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition (CAC) is a voluntary association of organizations that support the regional effort toward improvement of air quality in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which consists of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties. The purpose of the CAC is to:
- Develop, adopt, and implement clean-air plans to achieve and maintain compliance with federal ground-level ozone standards
- Establish and monitor a regional effort toward the improvement of air quality
- Develop policies and strategies that will provide guidance for each of its independent governing bodies about actions that will achieve clean air in Central Texas
- Work cooperatively to achieve clean air standards that will protect public health while allowing organizations to select measures best suited to each community's and organization's needs and resources
The CAC includes both "General Members" and "Supporting Members." General members include city and county governments that have made specific commitments to implement measures in support of the region's air quality plan and appoint an elected official to serve as a voting representative at CAC meetings. Supporting members include any organization that takes action to support the purpose of the CAC and reports their actions periodically to the CAC.
The CAC has an advisory committee that consists of staff members from each CAC member organization.
Austin White Lime
City of Lago Vista
City of Sunset Valley
Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG)
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro)
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA)
CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas (CAF)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (LSCFA)
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
Sierra Club - Lone Star Chapter
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Department of Transportation - Austin District
Texas Department of Transportation - Headquarters
Texas Lehigh Cement Company
Texas Nursery and Landscaping Association
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
The Clean Air Coalition meets at a time, date and place specified by the Coalition Chair, generally the second Wednesday of selected months. Meetings are open to the public and announced on CAPCOG's website once scheduled.
The Ozone Advance Program (OAP)
In December 2018, the Clean Air Coalition and other stakeholders developed and implemented the 2019-2023 Regional Air Quality Plan designed to help keep Central Texas’ air clean. The regional plan serves as a guide to maintain and improve outdoor air quality; reduce the impact of emissions; and mitigate health, environmental, economic and social impacts of regional air pollution.
Objectives & Measures
The plan’s two key objectives are:
- Maximizing the probability of compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) region-wide; and
- Otherwise minimizing health and environmental impacts of regional air pollution.
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In order to achieve these objectives, the plan calls for:
- Implementation of controls on the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- Outreach, education, and technical support to enhance NOx emission reductions;
- Outreach and education to reduce public exposure to ambient ground-level ozone (O3), particulate matter (PM), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) when high enough to be considered “moderate” or worse based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Air Quality Index (AQI)
- Ambient air monitoring
- Other air quality research and planning activities
- Policy advocacy